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Just In Case Estates helps executors, trustees, and beneficiaries sail through estate administration.

It’s fast, effective, and 100% tailored to you.

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How it Works

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Learn instantly what estate administration options are available

Our 2 minute quiz delivers personalized recommendations based on your situation.

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Talk to a real person who cares and receive fast, free support

Our member success advocates are available every weekday by phone and text. They’ll answer your initial questions, discuss your needs, and get to work finding the right help.

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Get matched with a top-tier attorney or advisor who handles everything

We match you with a leading estate planning attorney or financial advisor. They work for you at clear, upfront rates.

Local experts from across the US

Fixed and hourly rate options available

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Enjoy the expert help you deserve

Rest easy while your estate administration expert does all the heavy lifting.

Save time and move forward with confidence

Avoid family squabbles by bringing on a professional third-party expert

    Commonly Asked Questions

      How much does Just In Case Estates charge?

      Just In Case Estates expert matching is always 100% free. We’ll answer your questions, discuss your needs, and recommend an estate planning expert (if you want one) that’s the best fit for you.

      If you do end up engaging an expert, they’ll work for you at clear, upfront rates that are paid by the estate.

      In some cases, the expert may pay Just In Case Estates a small referral commission, but the experts are legally prohibited from charging you more for using Just In Case Estates.

      What if I can’t afford an expert?

      If you are an executor or trustee and engage one of our expert partners, their compensation is paid by the estate as an administration expense. You won’t pay a thing.

      Any recommendations that Just In Case Estates provides are always free, and all the experts with whom we partner provide a free initial consult.

      How much does an estate planning attorney cost?

      The hourly rates of the estate planning attorneys on Just In Case Estates vary between $200 / hour and $750 / hour.

      You can expect to average lower billable hours than the 'headline' attorney rate, however, since some of the estate administration work can be handled by paralegals or more junior attorneys on your expert's team who bill at lower rates.

      The initial consult with your estate planning expert is always free.

      How much does a financial advisor or registered investment advisor cost?

      The cost of engaging a financial advisor or registered investment advisor will depend on what type of services you desire, the size of your portfolio and the advisor's compensation structure.

      Although there is no standard fee or cost that applies to all financial advisors, a 2021 study by Advisory HQ found that the average advisor fees for managing $50,000 to $1,000,000 of assets is between 1.02% and 1.18%.

      As your assets increase in value, you can expect to pay lower fees. The same study found the average fee for managing $10 million to $30 million was between $0.59% and 0.69%.

      What is probate?

      Probate is the legal process of administering a deceased person's estate.

      It starts with proving in court that the deceased person's will is valid (if there is one) and appointing an executor (i.e., a manager) responsible for winding up the deceased person's earthly affairs. The executor helps identify and inventory the person's property, pays debts and taxes, and distributes the remaining property to the beneficiaries in the will or (if there is no will) the beneficiaries according to state law.

      Probate creates a public record of the estate and can be time-consuming and expensive.

      However, depending on the value of the deceased person's assets, how the assets are titled, and the state, the deceased person's estate may qualify for certain small probate or expedited proceedings.

      You can also usually avoid probate by creating a revocable living trust.

      How long does probate take?

      Probate can take anywhere from several months to several years, depending on a variety of factors:

      • the complexity of the estate
      • the size of the estate
      • the laws of the state where the deceased person lived
      • the availability and competency of the local court that has jurisdiction over the probate proceeding

      Your Just In Case Estates estate administration expert will be able to provide a clearer estimate of how long you might expect your probate proceeding to take based on the specifics of your case and the local court.

      What is trust administration?

      Trust administration is the process of managing a trust after the death of the person who created it.

      Similar to probate, it involves identifying and inventorying the assets, paying debts and taxes owed by the trust, and distributing the remaining assets to the beneficiaries named in the trust document.

      Unlike probate, trust administration is a private process that does not involve the court system. This means that the trust administration process can be faster, less expensive, and more private than the probate process.

      How long does trust administration take?

      Trust administration can take anywhere from several months to several years to complete, depending on a variety of factors:

      • the complexity of the trust
      • the size of the trust
      • the laws of the state where the trust is located

      All else equal, trust administration tends to be faster and easier than probate administration because it is a private process that in most all cases does not require court supervision.


Just In Case Estates is an online service providing legal forms and information. We are not a law firm and we do not provide legal advice. If you need legal advice, please use our legal expert matching service to connect with a qualified, licensed estate planning attorney near you.